Police Officer Michael R. Bailey Chicago Police Department Illinois End of Watch: Sunday, July 18, 2010

Photograph: Police Officer Michael R. Bailey Patch image: Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Police Officer Michael R. Bailey
Chicago Police Department

End of Watch: Sunday, July 18, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 62
Tour of Duty: 20 years
Badge Number: 13970

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Sunday, July 18, 2010
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: At large

Officer Michael Bailey was shot and killed while attempting to take action in an attempted armed robbery in front of his South Side home at approximately 6:20 am.
Officer Bailey had just returned home from a mayoral protection detail, and was still in uniform, when as many as three male subjects approached and attempted to rob him of his vehicle.
He identified himself and exchanged shots with the suspects, who all fled the scene and remain at large.
Officer Bailey was within weeks of retiring after having served with the Chicago Police Department for 20 years and was assigned to the Central District. He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.

Agency Contact Information
Chicago Police Department
3510 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653
Phone: (312) 746-6000
Please contact the Chicago Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Chicago Police Officer Michael Bailey, 62, was gunned down at 0600 hrs. Ofc. Bailey, a 20 year veteran to the CPD, had finished his shift, driven to the home he had lived in for the last 25 years and while still in uniform, began polishing up his new Buick which was parked outside his home. Michael did this every morning after he returned from shift. The car was a gift he had bought himself about 3 weeks ago for his 63rd birthday which was to Aug. 14. He then would have had to retire. (although if he wasn’t required to, he would have stayed on). Just then, at least two men had approached him (possibly to rob him of his vehicle), Ofc. Bailey indentified himself verbally and then gunfire was exchanged. Officer Bailey had been shot in the torso. Michael’s son ran out from the house with his gun and try to catch the get-away vehicle. He then ran back to his father who was laying there on the ground. Some neighbors also heard Michael’s daughter screaming out.
A neighbor ran to help and was able to feel a pulse on the Officer. Sadly though, after just 40 minutes later, at the hospital, Our Brother passed. As the investigation continued, 3 weapons (guns) were found at the scene of the murder. Only one of them belonged to Officer Bailey. Multiple shell casings have been recovered. Detectives and crime scene techs were out there until late evening gathering evidence. This is an ongoing investigation and not all details will be available right away. I will update this story as I learn more from the department. As of now, Officers believe an older model FORD Pick-up truck may have been involved. They are actively searching for one that may have bullet holes on the driver’s side. It was last seen on South Evans Avenue. One of the assailants may be a black man in his early 20s wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans with a long brown belt.
Ofc. Bailey has spent his whole adult life serving and protecting the People of Chicago. Even before he was a Police Officer, Michael served as a Fireman. Michael was also vice president of the 74th Street Evans block club and was affectionately known as "Big Mike". This was a very much loved man of his colleagues. And of his neighborhood as Michael would often teach the children Tai Chi and he listened to the People about the problems in the area. He was a quiet man and yet full of wisdom.
Michael, who was assigned to the 1st District, leaves behind his beloved wife Pamela, his son Michael, daughter Jada, another daughter (we will get her name) and grandchildren. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bailey family and all the Men and Women of the Chicago Police Department. Our hearts break for our Brothers and Sisters, as this is their third Brother killed by gunfire since May and the 4th Officer killed this year.
Our Brother Michael, you have served your time well and proud. You have been a role model to the young and older alike. You were a "Cop’s Cop". YOU WILL BE MISSED. We pray that you may find peace once these scumbags are found and brought to justice. Until then, please rest knowing that your family will be well looked after.
WE SALUTE YOU SIR … As we take the watch from here.
If you have ANY information on this murder, please, call 1-888-YPO-Shot. Calls can be anonymous. Or you may call Area 2 Detectives at 312-747-8272 or simply dial 911. The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation offers a $10,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone who kills or shoots a police officer.


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